A typical day in an agent’s life will involve an extensive list of “value-added” tasks. For example today we are waiting for a buyer’s acceptance of a seller’s response to the buyer’s request for repairs. It has taken us a week of back and forth to reach an agreement. An appraisal is due, and late last night a former client who is about to begin a major remodel turned to me for help because the appraisal for his current home came in unacceptably low. He asked us to review it and see if we agree or can give him some points to refute. I’m canceling a listing because the seller wants to raise the price and the market is indicating a price reduction is needed. I’m touring new listings and will film a neighborhood video for marketing purposes while we are out and about in Palos Verdes neighborhoods today. On the lighter side, I’m sending photos of a past client’s two dogs to an agent in hopes of getting her approved for a lease while she remodels her current residence. Although her application was initially denied due to pets, the landlords are softening since the property is still available. That’s just another day in real estate for full-time agents. Oh, and I also write seven real estate blogs and maintain two websites in my spare time. 🙂
From contract to close is my favorite phase of a real estate transactions. There are problems and issues to solve and overcome on a daily basis. It’s similar to what goes on behind the curtains in a theatrical production in order present a flawless experience. There’s a learning curve that must be climbed, and it involves both knowledge and expertise. I often say to Josh the definition of a real estate agent is someone who solves problems all day long.
The journey from signing the contract to closing escrow can be a long and winding road, but one that is easier to traverse with the help of an agent who has made the trip many times. Expert mountain climbers enlist the help and guidance of Sherpas who are familiar with the local terrain and are equipped to lighten the climbers’ load. The right real estate agent can do the same for you when you are ready to venture into the unfamiliar territory of selling or purchasing real estate.
If you are considering selling or buying property on the Palos Verdes Peninsula I’d love to be your guide as you progress from looking to living in your new home, or selling your current Palos Verdes home and moving on to a new chapter in your life story. Norma Toering 310.493.8333 or Norma@CharlemagneProperties.com.